BROWSING: Bitstream announced release of ThunderHawk for Microsoft Smartphone
Inc. announced yesterday the release of ThunderHawk SmartPhone Edition,
Bitstream's breakthrough mobile browsing technology for mobile phones
based on the Windows Mobile, which lets anyone with a wireless connection browse
the Web anytime, anywhere.
Already available to wireless carriers and
operators to supplement voice with data services, ThunderHawk's SmartPhone
Edition is now available for end users to download on Bitstream's Website. New
users, as well as current SmartPhone Edition beta users, can download the 30-day
free trial of the product release or subscribe to ThunderHawk for $49.95 per
year or $5.95 per month.
ThunderHawk SmartPhone Edition for end users makes
the Internet truly wireless, allowing users anytime, anywhere access to the
entire Web with an easy-to-use browser for SmartPhones. While some browsers
reformat the Web page for quick reading, users still have to scroll through
several pages before finding the information they need. ThunderHawk promotes
effortless navigation because Web pages appear just as they do on desktop
browsers users are already familiar with. As a result, images are full and
crisp, text is clear and easy to read, and users can find information fast and
read it quickly.
Important features of ThunderHawk SmartPhone Edition include
a more intuitive user interface. The split screen mode lets users easily skim
information and quickly find their orientation on a Web page. The upper half of
the split screen shows the entire page, while the lower half displays the
selected area at full size. Full screen mode displays a section of the page at
Users can save favorite websites to ThunderHawk for easy recall later, or use
the address bar history to cycle through websites previously visited. There is
no need to relearn new Web browsing techniques. Users point to and click links
just like they would in a desktop browser. With ThunderHawk's premier support
for open standards and security protocols, SmartPhone Edition provides users
with a truly complete Web browsing experience.
"This edition of ThunderHawk delivers the best user experience available
today for browsing Web pages on SmartPhones," said Anna Chagnon, President
and Chief Executive Officer of Bitstream. "There are nearly 10 million
SmartPhone users in the world today. Our latest version of ThunderHawk will
allow us to tap into this growing market by providing Windows OS-based users
with immediate access to the information they need, in a format they
instantly recognize. This release also continues our commitment to expand
the reach of ThunderHawk into a greater variety of mobile devices."
ThunderHawk is a breakthrough mobile browsing technology that brings the
desktop browsing experience to Pocket PCs and cell and smart phones. It gives
customers complete Internet access to real Web pages while displaying readable,
legible text and crisp, sharp graphics.
A client-server technology,
ThunderHawk relies on a server infrastructure combined with a small piece of
thin-client code on the actual handheld device. The server infrastructure
removes complexity from the handheld devices. It also transmits Web content in a
more compact format to the handheld device, making fast and full-featured
wireless Web browsing possible.
ThunderHawk does not rely on WAP (Wireless
Application Protocol) or cHTML (Compact HyperText Markup Language). This removes
the need for Web content developers to create separate Web sites optimized for
small devices, or for companies to license separate software that converts Web
sites into a format appropriate for SmartPhones.
By delivering full-featured Web browsing to mobile devices, ThunderHawk gives
customers the same browsing experience on a wireless device as they are used to
on the desktop.
Cheers ~ Arne
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